Looking at Hanna Kristina, you get the feeling she would be just as comfortable in front of the camera as she is behind it. At 21, and only in her second year of her Contemporary Photography course at UCA, Hanna has already got creditable clients under her belt and a delicate but very certain style. I had a chat with Hanna about her interest in photography, her work and her hopes for the future.
What first got you interested in photography?
I did an art GCSE at school and hated it. I felt really trapped and frustrated as I never felt like I could put my all into the medium. So the summer before I started at sixth form I found my love for photography when in Sweden visiting family and I took photos of the town we stayed in. It wasn't until I was sixteen that I really fell in love with fashion photography and got my own DSLR.
You have such a specific style, how did you discover it?
Testing a lot definitely helped me. I feel without experimenting you can't develop your technical ability or your style which is important.
Can you describe a standard shoot? How long do they take and all of the aspects and equipment involved?
A standard shoot of mine usually starts with me travelling to London. I meet with the model and makeup artist and go to the location to get makeup put on. I shoot pretty quickly as I'm not into taking hundreds of photos; I prefer to compose an image and make sure it's just right before taking the photo. I mainly use film at the moment, I have fallen in love with it. However some circumstances need digital which I am fine with using too.
Considering you are only in your second year at university you seem to have done a lot. What has been your biggest achievement to date?
I'd say one of my biggest achievements was shooting the S/S 12 look book for Dahlia Fashion. A lot more people have seen it then I thought and a lot of creatives I network with mention it to me which I'm always surprised about. It's so great to be recognised for your work.
|Dahlia SS12 lookbook|
I hope to collaborate with many more fantastic creatives! It is so important in this industry to network. I also would love to have many more magazine submissions as they are good to get your work and name out to a wider audience. And of course to work with many more fantastic clients. I have been so lucky so far this year, it's been crazy!
Would you recommend going to university for others who are interested in going into photography?
This is a tricky question. I think it completely depends on the individual. For me personally, it has given me the time to really focus on my photography. I also get to use amazing equipment for free and process and scan film for free.